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I was just reading all the posts on this thread that I missed when I was away. I certainly agree. I didn't see Fareed's latest discussion on Iran, but I have agreed with him in the past. Here's an article from yesterday:
Fareed Zakaria: The road to another Middle Eastern war
"The Trump administration is hoping for capitulation from the Iranians, in which they will return to the negotiating table and accept a deal far more onerous than the one they signed in 2015. It’s possible that this will happen but much more likely that this regional cold war gets more tense and the likelihood of miscalculation or accidental war rises.
"Even if there were some kind of temporary Iranian concessions, born out of desperation, they will surely not last. Wounded, embittered powers always find a way to return with a vengeance. The Trump administration seems to forget that the Iranian civilization has been a major player in the Middle East for thousands of years. It has a population more than double the size of Iraq’s and is more strategically located. It has a strong tradition of nationalism and statecraft and a history of resisting foreign domination.
"The path to stability in the Middle East does not lie in strangling Iran. That will only sow the seeds of resentment and revanchism, creating a more unstable region and one in which the United States will find itself mired for decades. Alas, this is the path on which we find ourselves moving."
Trump and his minions have no clue about the Middle East. It's why we can label Trump's administration a "kakistocracy", a government by the least qualified or unprincipled persons.